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#07-17-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska halibut fishery to maintain FAO-based RFM Certification
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
The team completing Alaska halibut fishery's (AHF) second annual audit recommended it can maintain the RFM certification of the FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme. The goal of this assessment, requested by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), was to...

Illiamna Council seeks to rescind comments on mine study
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:50 pm | Updated: 3:53 pm, Tue Jul 16, 2013.
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska  - The Iliamna Village Council has asked to rescind an analysis it submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that backs up conclusions by the federal agency about the potentially negative impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region. But the EPA said the analysis will remain part of the public record.The analysis of the EPA's report by Donald Macalady, professor emeritus of chemistry and geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, also suggested broader impacts than what the EPA looked at in its revised watershed assessment released in April. Macalady's review was accompanied by a letter from the village council president, Lorene Anelon, dated June 29, in which she....

Galena Residents Seek Fish Donations
By Jeremy Scott, KIYU - Galena | July 16, 2013 - 5:19 pm
Folks in Galena continue working towards a return to normalcy (after flood). They’re rebuilding their homes and, thanks to a joint effort from the Department Fish and Game and Kwik’Pak Fisheries, they’re also restocking their freezers.....

6:33 PM TUE JULY 16, 2013
The Sunken Tender Lone Star is Still Leaking Fuel into the Igushik River
Fuel is still leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star that’s sitting in the mouth of the Igushik River. Pictures obtained by KDLG News from an independent overflight of the Lone Star shows a distinct fuel sheen coming from the vessel, which sank on June 30th. The effort to lighter the fuel off the vessel has not yet started and the Coast Guard confirms that the goal is to begin the lightering effort on Wednesday depending on the weather. Responders have been staging equipment that will be used in the lightering effort and the Magone Marine Services owned response vessel Western Viking is on....

Seafood trends, concerns at retail: 3 US polls
July 16, 2013 by Laine Welch
Next to catching the fish, the biggest challenge is getting people to buy it.
Market data shows seafood sales approached $15 billion at US seafood counters last year, a $1.5 billion increase since 2008.  That’s good news for Alaska, which provides nearly 60% of....

Antarctic marine reserve plan blocked by Russia
By Teuila Fuatai , Kate Shuttleworth
10:29 AM Wednesday Jul 17, 2013
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he was disappointed the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources had not reached a consensus on the creation of a marine protected area in the Ross Sea region. The New Zealand-led plan to create a 2.27 million sq km reserve, the largest in the world, was blocked by Russia at a....

Kennedys' sea turtle rescue violated federal law, officials say
Published July 17, 2013
Associated Press
BARNSTABLE, Mass. –  Federal officials say two members of the Kennedy family who thought they were doing a good deed by freeing an entangled sea turtle actually violated federal law. John Bullard of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Division of Fisheries says......

Fish for the bears and fish for us. A good thing. Now if we could just train them (the bears) to count all the fish that go by. Then get some uber-accurate numbers re: escapement ;-)